A rare underglaze blue and famille rose enamelled moonflask Mark erased but possibly Qianlong, 18th/19th century [CHECK DESCRIPTION]
Lot 347*
A rare underglaze blue and famille rose moonflask 18th/19th century
Sold for £73,250 (US$ 118,577) inc. premium

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A rare underglaze blue and famille rose enamelled moonflask Mark erased but possibly Qianlong, 18th/19th century [CHECK DESCRIPTION] A rare underglaze blue and famille rose enamelled moonflask Mark erased but possibly Qianlong, 18th/19th century [CHECK DESCRIPTION] A rare underglaze blue and famille rose enamelled moonflask Mark erased but possibly Qianlong, 18th/19th century [CHECK DESCRIPTION]
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A rare underglaze blue and famille rose moonflask
18th/19th century
The gently-rounded body on a high oblong foot vibrantly decorated in puce enamel with a roaring front-facing five-clawed dragon amidst trails of cloud scrolls in underglaze blue, between a bat on each side of the oblong foot and a shou character on each side of the neck, set with two elegantly-scrolling handles, wood stand. 16.8cm (6 5/8in) high (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀,或清乾隆 青花胭脂紅彩蝠壽龍紋雙耳抱月瓶

    Provenance: according to family tradition, the vase was acquired in Shanghai in the 1920s, and since then it has remained in a British private collection

    It is very rare to find this style of decoration featuring a dragon in puce enamel surrounded by underglaze blue cloud scrolls. One such moonflask from the Qing Court Collection is published in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (III), Hong Kong, 2000, pl.232, and a pair of vases with a similar design is illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl.228.

    The present lot is particularly unusual in its small and delicate size, making it an intimate and personal piece. See also an interior view showing a pair of similar moonflasks decorating the Cui Yun Guan, the Hall of Green Cloud, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Hong Kong, 2002, pl 261.
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